About M-Power Charlotte

The International Myeloma Foundation has joined forces with Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute’s Disparities & Outreach program to empower people in the Charlotte, North Carolina area to help change the course of myeloma. M-Power Charlotte is dedicated to removing barriers to care and improving outcomes in the disease.

We invite you to help achieve these goals by sharing the links in the Myeloma Tool Kit to educational written materials and videos here with friends, family, community groups, and even on your Facebook page!


of all cases of myeloma are in African Americans

more common in African Americans


of all newly diagnosed myeloma patients will be African American

Multiple Myeloma

Did you know that myeloma is the most common blood cancer in people of African descent? But doctors do not typically check people for myeloma during a regular visit because currently there are no national screening recommendations for myeloma.

That’s why it’s important to learn the early symptoms of myeloma and let your doctor know that you—or a friend or family member—are at added risk for the disease.

Because even though myeloma affects African Americans at greater rates, with early diagnosis and treatment, African Americans can have better overall survival in living with the disease.

Myeloma Tool Kit

Charlotte Community Workshop

Learn about multiple myeloma, a disease more than twice as common in people of African descent as in whites. From “Myeloma for Patients Who Are Just Getting Started” to the latest in treatments and research, this comprehensive program also features a myeloma patient’s story and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

A Day in the Life

The “A Day in the Life” podcast from the International Myeloma Foundation features messages of hope and resilience for myeloma patients, caregivers, and their loved ones. Today we’re talking to Robert Pugh. Robert is a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a retired businessman, pastor, and a father of four grown children. He is also a myeloma patient who helps other patients self-advocate for their care. We invited him on today to learn how he remains positive when facing challenges.

Disparities in Treatment

My experiences over the years as a support group leader have been that most leaders are experiencing similar challenges, looking for ways to diversify group participation and ensure that we all live well with myeloma. Much like the health-care system, we have to better understand barriers to participation.

- Tiffany Williams

Diagnosed with myeloma in 2013, Tiffany is a co-facilitator of the Charleston, South Carolina Area Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

Patient advocate Yelak Biru shares his story

Diagnosed at the young age of 25 with stage III multiple myeloma, Yelak Biru is a patient turned myeloma research advocate. Working with a team of medical practitioners and educating himself through support group leadership, information resources, advocacy sites, social media, and the IMF, Yelak has successfully integrated myeloma to his life for over two decades.